0553 PA8456 Fastax-tion Probst film on hispeed photography
Audio/Visual sound, color
June 11, 2006
How Long Does It Take to Throw a Pie?
Early 60s 3-M film designed to sell the Fastax high speed movie camera to engineers. The various uses of the camera by different companies to study high-speed motion are profiled, from Hercules Powerâs study of rocket engine firing to Munsingwearâs identification of a faulty knitting needle in one of their high-speed knitting machines. Lots of samples of high-speed photography are shown and these are the most interesting sequences of the film. The scene of popcorn popping in slow motion should have been used in a drive-in snack bar promo, the scene of big ugly 50s cars in crash tests should have been used in a driverâs ed film, while the scene of the guy getting a pie in the face speaks for itself. Overall, this is an unusual film that documents a little known corner of film history, as well as being a great film to mine for a video project.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: **. Weirdness: ****. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ****.
September 15, 2003
Slow moving film about Fastax-tion cameras.
this film about fast action cameras starts out promisingly but seems to get bogged down at it's demo on how it could be used, mainly for military uses, but SOME other uses are shown too. I did like the very clever title sequences and the first demos. But after that, the demonstrations didn't seem too interesting to hold my interest (rocket engines! Oh boy!) and therefore, my level of tolerance was thwarted! THWARTED I say! lol